Deborah L. O'Mara

Freelance Writer

Deborah O'Mara is the president of DLO Communications in Park Ridge, Ill., specializing in low-voltage. She also is the former editor of Security + Life Safety Systems. She can be reached at 847.384.1916 or domara@earthlink.net.

Articles by Deborah L. O'Mara

December 2005
When wireless sensors and detectors came on the market decades ago, the devices were known more for missing signals than capturing alarm activity. They were used in a “patch” type of approach, applied when hard-wired devices were impossible. After all, no one wanted to drill holes in five-foot-thick concrete. READ MORE
December 2005
Sensors and detectors have upped the ante with intelligent features and supervision, making them essential to an integrated and automated building environment. No longer relegated as single, stand-alone devices, sensors and detectors do much more than simply sound a local alarm or provide annunciation. READ MORE
November 2005
'Just in time' used to be the battle cry in security product manufacturing and distribution. Now, it is more than just in time-it is all about arming the contractor with the information they need to boost sales and present the end-user with a product portfolio adeptly suited to the application. Distributors have seen the writing on the wall. READ MORE
November 2005
Schools and research and development (R&D) facilities are multifaceted, multifunction organizations with the need for flexible and adaptable lighting for safety, security and working tasks. Start with a thorough site survey and analysis of the facility. READ MORE
October 2005
Sending a fire alarm signal is not enough. State-of-the-art fire alarm and life safety technology now allows for a host of data, instructions, graphics and other functions that get people out of danger quickly. Systems can pinpoint specific areas in distress and notify officials through a variety of communication notification devices, including cellular phones, pagers, etc. READ MORE
October 2005
It is not a new cabling and wiring installation technique, but it has certainly come of age. Zone cabling is a little like the old multiplexed circuits of the early high-end burglar alarm systems (think New York jewelry stores) with a much more modern twist. READ MORE
September 2005
Chances are you have encountered a wiring mass—or mess—somewhere along the road when installing voice/data/video or information transport systems. Year after year of adding, changing and rewiring may have left the plenum with little room for additional wiring and cabling. READ MORE
September 2005
For traditional burglar alarm installers dealing with intrusion detection and monitored systems, it came as no shock that voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) was not the end-all and cure-all it was originally purported to be. But that’s the reality of emergency communications in some instances. READ MORE
August 2005
Access control is a logical product to integrate. Technology continues to advance, especially in networked solutions, smart cards and biometrics, offering new capabilities and more application possibilities than ever before. It is a logical product to expand and add at existing premises, such as a college that requires single-door control or a campuswide networked solution. READ MORE

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